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Homes for Heroes hopes to expand in Augusta

Rebate program wants to start working in area

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A national company offering home sale rebates to military members, teachers, firefighters, and law enforcement and health care workers is expanding into the Augusta area.

Homes for Heroes connects homebuyers with Real­tors who agree to give 25 percent of their commission from the sale back to the buyer. Five percent is sent to Homes for Heroes. Partner lenders and other businesses offer discounts on closing costs and inspections.

Homes for Heroes was founded shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by a group of Realtors in Min­neso­ta. The program is offered in 44 states by 600 affiliates.

The company has affiliates in Georgia but is looking for interested Realtors in the Augusta area.

“We need to serve and support those heroes, but it takes a certain person who is willing to give up their commission to do that,” said Chris­topher Bowles, the group’s director of affiliates for Georgia.

In the 11 years since its founding, the program has saved homebuyers $1.8 million, Bowles said. It needs no more than five Realtors in Augusta to begin offering services.

The program is designed to help people who serve the nation and their communities.

Realtors must be in good standing with the National Asso­ciation of Realtors and state licensing departments, meet a level of experience set by the company and work for a full-service real estate company.

“There’s a lot of people who could use some help,” Bowles said. “Maybe it’s not even financial help, but coaching and guidance.”

HOW TO HELP

Realtors can register to receive more information at homesforheroes.com. After the program is operating in Augusta, homebuyers can register on the Web site, and their information will be sent directly to the Realtor affiliates.


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